Mountaineers Edged by Maryland, 77-74

College Park, Md. (December 7, 2011)—Mount St. Mary's came up short in its upset bid in a 77-74 loss at Maryland on Wednesday night.  Julian Norfleet paced the spirited effort with 18 points.

The Mount (1-7) trailed by 16 in the first half and was down 13 at the break before rallying.

Norfleet and Kelvin Parker each hit three-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to 51-43.  Maryland (5-3) recovered to take a 58-46 advantage with 13:12 left, but the Mount went on a 15-1 run to take its first lead, 61-59, on a pair of Parker free throws with 7:50 remaining.

Norfleet and freshman Chad Holley kicked-started the run with back-to-back three-pointers.  After a Maryland free throw, Barber hit a jumper and Norfleet added a bucket and a free throw to cut the deficit to 59-57.  Barber's shot in the paint tied the score and Parker hit his free throws to give the Mount the 63-61 advantage.

From there, the game was back-and-forth with five lead changes.  Josh Castellanos buried a deep three-pointer with 3:50 left to give the Mount a 68-67 edge.  After a Terrell Stoglin jumper, Barber again scored for a 70-69 lead with 2:53 left.

Stoglin then converted tough back-to-back jumpers to push Maryland ahead 73-70.  Castellanos scored in the lane and the Mount got a stop to have a chance for the lead with 30 seconds left.  Norfleet, however, didn't convert on a drive and Danny Thompson's shot on the rebound didn't fall. 

Maryland hit a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left and the Mount got a Thompson dunk with 2.3 seconds to make it 75-74.  The Mount fouled Sean Mosley on the inbounds pass, and he hit both free throws with one second left to seal the win.

Norfleet had 18 points and six assists to pace the Mount while Castellanos added 15 points.  Parker added 14 points and six boards while Barber added 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.  Thompson pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in the loss.

Stoglin led Maryland with 23 points while James Padgett chipped in 15 points and six rebounds,

The Mount shot 46.4 percent in the game and was 11-for-21 (.524) from three-point range.  Maryland shot 50 percent in the game, but was held to 40 percent shooting in the second half.  The Mount was 11-of-17 at the line while the Terrapins were 25-of-35.

Maryland pushed out to an early 7-2 lead, but Castellanos hit a pair of threes and Norfleet a third to cut the deficit to 15-13 with 11:25 left in the first half.

Maryland scored the next seven points to push the lead to nine before Norfleet ended the streak with his second three of the half.

A Parker jumper at the 6:16 mark made the score 27-20, but the Terrapins used an 18-to-9 run to take its biggest lead of the half, 45-29, before Parker drained a three-pointer to make the score 45-32 at the half.

The Mount hit 6-of-10 from three-point range in the first half, but Maryland countered by shooting 60.0 percent (15-of-25) from the field while converting 14-of-20 (.700) at the foul line.

Castellanos led the Mount with eight points at the half with Parker chipping in seven.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday, December 10, with a 2:00 p.m. game against rival Loyola.  It will be the 167th meeting between the two schools and the game will air live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).

Game Notes: The Mount is now 0-7 all-time against Maryland...The closest game in the series prior to this year was 28 points…This was the fourth meeting in nine years between the two schools.